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 I am 24 but currently living with my parents, would i consider their income them when filling my “household” income?

Q)  I am 24 but currently living with my parents (to save money) i work for myself and am only making about 400$ a month, i do not pay rent, but i buy all of my own food for myself (not supported by parents with this). question is even though we do technically live in the same house, would i consider them when filling out the form as part of my “household”? would i still qualify in this situation?

A) You will need to include your parents income in total “household” income.

This SNAP “household rule” applies even if the people you live with are not related to you, or do not have any legal obligations to support you. If you live with a group of people, they are part of your SNAP “household” when you buy and share food together most of the time (for example, you share commonly bought food for more than 11 out of 21 weekly meals).

The SNAP household rules also say that if you live with your spouse or you are a child under age 22 and live with your parents, you must be in the same SNAP household. This is true even if you do not buy food and prepare meals together, or even if your parents or your spouse do not want any SNAP benefits. https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/30-what-snap-household-or-assistance-unit

Income

Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

(Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017)

Household size Gross monthly income (130 percent of poverty) Net monthly income (100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,287 $ 990
2 1,736 1,335
3 2,184 1,680
4 2,633 2,025
5 3,081 2,370
6 3,530 2,715
7 3,980 3,061
8 4,430 3,408
Each additional member +451 +347

 

Gross income means a household’s total, nonexcluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

What is the rule for emergency food stamps

Q) What is the rule for emergency food stamps three people in the house and only income is 659.70 a month rent 312.00 and utilities are 330.00 . Does that not make use eligible for emergency food stamps since that only leaves about 17.00 to use towards any thing else ???? A) You may be able… Continue Reading

Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money when applying for food stamp?

Q) Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money if it was for a physical injury? Is there a limit on the cash that’s in the bank acct., if it’s from the physical injury lawsuit,if I’m 60 yrs.old, and, disabled? How does all of that work? A) Food Stamp eligibility is based primarily on household… Continue Reading

Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, Do I still qualify?

Q) Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, however i do not meet the net income. I am about $100 short from that. Do I still qualify? A) To see if you still qualify for food stamp please visit https://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/. This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if… Continue Reading

Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online?

Q) Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online? A) You can check the balance of your EBT Snap account online in most states. The following States have online access to individual EBT account information, such as balance and transaction history information. States Internet Address ALABAMA www.ebtedge.com ALASKA www.akquest.alaska.gov ARIZONA www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com CALIFORNIA www.ebt.ca.gov… Continue Reading

What is the rule for emergency food stamps

Q) What is the rule for emergency food stamps three people in the house and only income is 659.70 a month rent 312.00 and utilities are 330.00 . Does that not make use eligible for emergency food stamps since that only leaves about 17.00 to use towards any thing else ???? A) You may be able… Continue Reading

Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money when applying for food stamp?

Q) Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money if it was for a physical injury? Is there a limit on the cash that’s in the bank acct., if it’s from the physical injury lawsuit,if I’m 60 yrs.old, and, disabled? How does all of that work? A) Food Stamp eligibility is based primarily on household… Continue Reading

Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, Do I still qualify?

Q) Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, however i do not meet the net income. I am about $100 short from that. Do I still qualify? A) To see if you still qualify for food stamp please visit https://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/. This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if… Continue Reading

Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online?

Q) Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online? A) You can check the balance of your EBT Snap account online in most states. The following States have online access to individual EBT account information, such as balance and transaction history information. States Internet Address ALABAMA www.ebtedge.com ALASKA www.akquest.alaska.gov ARIZONA www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com CALIFORNIA www.ebt.ca.gov… Continue Reading

Can SNAP benefits be used to purchase cooking wines and extracts

Q) Can SNAP benefits be used to purchase cooking wines and extracts A) Yes, cooking wines and extracts are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. These items are considered un-consumable as alcoholic beverages. Because they contain very large amounts of added salt, the product is undrinkable as a standalone beverage. As such, cooking wines and… Continue Reading

Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student?

Q) Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student? A) Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain criteria such as participating in work-study, working at least twenty hours… Continue Reading

How do I apply for SNAP (Food Stamp) ?

Q) How do I apply for SNAP (Food Stamp)? A) First you must submit an application online or at your local social service office. Then you will be contacted for an interview. At the interview, the office will let you know if they need more information to see if you are eligible for SNAP. You… Continue Reading

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